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Hidden Gems of York

Discover York's best-kept secrets

Step off the beaten track and delve deeper into the city’s ancient past to uncover some of York’s best kept secrets. What will you discover?

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Hidden Gems of York

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Barley Hall

A hidden medieval townhouse

Barley Hall is a picturesque medieval townhouse tucked away down one of the oldest streets in York. Once home to the Priors of Nostell and a Lord Mayor of York, Barley Hall has now been lovingly restored to its original splendour with stunning high ceilings, beautiful exposed timber frames, and possibly the only horn window in England. Visitors to Barley Hall can make themselves at home, sit on the chairs and experience what it would have been like to live in medieval England.

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DIG: An Archaeological Adventure

Discover exciting archaeological artefacts

DIG offers you a unique archaeological adventure to get you on your way to becoming a real archaeologist! Owned by the same archaeologists who discovered the Viking-age City and created JORVIK Viking Centre, this is a one of a kind experience! So… DIG IT! SHAKE IT! SEE IT! FEEL IT! FIND IT!

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Treasurer's House - National Trust

A house of surprises

Nestled behind York Minster, all is not as it first appears. At one time divided into three houses, in the late 1800s wealthy Yorkshireman Frank Green created his version of a historic house to showcase his important collection. Find out about both sides of the story as he demolished parts of the house not to his liking, yet transformed a house of declining fortunes into a handsome property, with lavish interiors grand enough to entertain the future King, Edward VII.

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Goddards - National Trust

Hidden garden overlooking York Racecourse

Visit the gardens of the former home of the Terry family, part of York’s chocolate heritage and now cared for by the National Trust.

Discover the five-acre garden with herbaceous borders, fragrant garden and sunny terrace overlooking the lawns and formal pond. With a rock garden and wildlife pond, glasshouse, and small kitchen garden, it’s not hard to imagine building a home here for a growing family.

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Shambles Market

Shopping in the heart of York!

Shambles market is a one-stop shop for all your shopping needs including quality gifts, fresh flowers, crafts, handbags, fresh produce and much more. Shambles Market also hosts its very own food court - a central hub filled with street food delights.

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Delve deeper into York’s ancient past...

Tucked away behind bustling Goodramgate stands Bedern Hall, the 14th century dining hall of the Vicars Choral of York Minster. Holy Trinity Goodramgate is home to monuments and memorials painting a picture of life York through the ages. Discover Bar Convent, established in 1686, by a group of religious sisters at a time when it was illegal to be Catholic. (Image: dan.price.86)

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Discover More Hidden Gems!

Experience fascinating tales and intriguing rare artefacts at Merchant Adventurers' Hall, or step underground at the Roman Bath Museum, one of the city's oldest attractions. Explore the heart of city society and civic life for almost 300 years at York Mansion House and Fairfax House.

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